Tips for Winterizing Your Home
As substantial snowfall and freezing rain approach British Columbia, it becomes essential to prepare homes adequately for the winter season. Ready your home for extended periods of freezing temperatures to avoid increased energy costs and potential damage from cold weather and snow.

Begin with the fundamentals. Keep a snow shovel for your driveway and walkways to promptly clear snow after a snowfall, ensuring that outdoor spaces stay functional and safe without unnecessary delays. Severe winter conditions, including ice, wind, and snow, can lead to power outages. Be prepared to endure days without power. According to Emergency Preparedness B.C., have emergency supplies ready for at least two to seven days, charge all devices, and keep flashlights with extra batteries on hand.

The best ways to prepare your home for the winter:

  • Weatherproof Your Home
  • Inspect Your Heating System
  • Protect Your Garden and Exterior
  • Check for Energy Efficiency 

Weatherproof Your Home

Maintaining proper home insulation during winter is crucial, impacting both comfort and energy efficiency. Reduced energy consumption benefits not only your finances but also the environment.

Seal gaps around doors and windows with weatherstripping, reducing the workload on heating and cooling systems, leading to energy savings and lower utility bills.

Install window treatments to trap heat inside, reducing the need for excessive heating and, consequently, lowering energy consumption and heating costs.

Before winter sets in, inspect your roof for damage. Colder months often bring snow and rain, and a damaged roof can allow water to penetrate your home. Checking for leaks or vulnerabilities ensures your roof is watertight, preventing water damage to your home's interior.

Inspect Your Heating System

Schedule a furnace inspection to ensure safe operation. Technicians can identify and address issues such as gas leaks, carbon monoxide leaks, or other potential safety hazards.

Efficiently program your thermostat to conserve energy, save costs, and enhance comfort. Adjust the temperature based on your daily schedule, avoiding unnecessary heating or cooling during periods of absence or sleep, resulting in reduced energy consumption.

As you'll likely use your fireplace more in winter for additional warmth, cleaning and inspecting the chimney ensures efficient operation, maximizing heat output and minimizing energy waste.

Protect Your Garden and Exterior

Clean gutters and trim trees to reduce the risk of ice dams and falling branches that could damage your home, vehicles, or property. Ice dams can form when snow accumulates on the roof, heat escapes from the interior, and the exterior temperature freezes.

Disconnect and drain outdoor faucets to prevent freezing and subsequent damage to the plumbing system. Water left in outdoor faucets during cold temperatures can freeze, causing pipes to expand and potentially burst.

Check for Energy Efficiency

Consider upgrading to energy-efficient windows and doors for benefits such as energy savings, improved temperature regulation, better insulation against noise, and reduced UV rays entering your home.

Properly seal ducts, a crucial component of a home's HVAC system, to retain heat, optimize heating system efficiency, and maintain better indoor air quality by preventing the infiltration of pollutants.

Lastly, schedule a home energy audit to gain insights into energy usage, identify inefficiencies, and make informed decisions to improve consumption. Professional auditors use specialized equipment to detect energy waste, such as drafts, air leaks, and insufficient insulation. Addressing these issues improves overall home efficiency.

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*original article from Stilhavn Real Estate Services 

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